Of Americans would vote for ratifying the START nuclear arms agreement with Russia, 30% would vote against it, and another 19% have no opinion. Democrats are slightly more supportive than independents or Republicans.
Share of Americans who flatly rule out voting for Sarah Palin for president — substantially more than say there’s no way they’d vote for President Obama.
Percent increase in solid waste disposal during the holidays. From giving parties to wrapping and unwrapping gifts and discarding their packaging, to traveling and the attendant bottled water and snack containers that go along with travel, to tossing old stuff that new stuff replaced…Americans throw away about one-quarter more at this time of year compared with the rest of it.
Number of new unemployment claims submitted last week, making it two weeks in a row that new claims dropped. The figure needs to get to about 400,000 to declare a recovery but at its height during the past year, 500,000 claims were the norm. The incoming Republicans in the House will no doubt claim credit for the recovery already in progress.
Share of contributors to Barack Obama’s presidential campaign who are opposed to his deal with Republicans to extend the Bush-era tax breaks for those making over $250,000 a year, with 51% saying they are less likely to contribute to Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign and 57% saying they are less likely to support congressional Democrats who support the deal in 2012.
John F. Kennedy’s rank in a new Gallup poll ranking the nine presidents of the last 50 years: 1. John F. Kennedy 2. Ronald Reagan 3. Bill Clinton 4. George H.W. Bush 5. Gerald Ford 6. Jimmy Carter 7. Lyndon Johnson 8. George W. Bush 9. Richard Nixon
Share of Americans who believe Sarah Palin could win a presidential campaign, while 60% think she would lose and 12% aren’t sure. More troubling for Palin: Just 48% of Republicans think she could win, while 37% think she would not and 15% have no opinion, according to a Public Policy Polling survey.
Share of the 94 incoming members of the House of Representatives will sleep in their congressional offices, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The rank of the reality show, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” in its second episode. The premier ranked 10th for its week but the follow-up show pulled only 3.04 million viewers, or less than 1 percent of the population of the United States.